Friday, June 11, 2010

BLOW THE WHISTLE ON TRS AND VRS FRAUD

DONT WORRY ABOUT THE KNIVES, GO AHEAD AND BLOW THE WHISTLE ON TRS AND VRS FRAUD



The reputations of the TRS and VRS with the taxpayers are at stake. Increasing fraudulent activities by TRS organizations operated by popular deaf people are running the risk of getting the whole TRS funding program shut down.

It is important that the deaf community plays a proactive role in preserving the TRS funding program by reporting fraud. Remaining silent as we have been all these years doesn't do us any good. In fact being silent like the deaf community had been has actually hurt the VRS industry in the long run.

Don't be afraid of the knives, report, or blow the whistle on, TRS and VRS fraud.

Share this URL in your emails, post on your blog and website.

http://tinyurl.com/stop-trs-fraud

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Each Trophy Below Represents A TRS Fraud Case Resulting From Our Reader Submissions.


DOUBLE THUMBS UP TO ALL OUR READERS WHO SUBMITTED INFORMATION TO US. KEEP THEM COMING. THESE ARE YOUR TROPHIES. BE PROUD OF THIS PAGE!

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a Hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) programs or operations. If you wish to report such allegations, you may call, send a letter, or email the OIG Hotline as identified on this page below. Allegations may be reported by FCC employees, FCC contractors, or the general public.

Issues that should be reported include:

Fraud in Commission programs such as the Universal Service Fund (USF), Telecommunnications Relay Services (TRS) Fund, and FCC Auctions Programs

You are encouraged to provide relevant and specific details, including the identity of the person, company, or organization alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing; a description of the alleged impropriety; the FCC facility and program affected by the alleged misconduct; contract numbers; date(s) of alleged wrongdoing; how you are aware of the alleged impropriety; the identity of potential witnesses; and the identity and location of supporting documentation.

Hotline processing:

Upon receipt of a specific allegation of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement, the OIG may take any one of the following actions: open an investigation, audit, or inspection; refer the matter to FCC management for appropriate review and action; or refer the allegation to another Federal agency or other organizations. Allegations with limited specificity or merit may be held in abeyance until further, specific details are reported.

Confidentiality:

Individuals who contact the Hotline, via telephone or letter, are not required to provide their identity to the Hotline operator. However, persons who report allegations are encouraged to identify themselves in the event additional questions arise as the OIG evaluates or pursues their allegations.

The Office of Inspector General will protect the identity of individuals reporting allegations to the maximum extent possible by law. Confidentiality for FCC employees is established by Section 7(b) of the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, which precludes the IG from disclosing the identity of a FCC employee who reports an allegation or provides information, without the employee's consent, unless the IG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-FCC employees who report allegations may specifically request confidentiality.

Hotline email:

You can send an email to hotline@fcc.gov

Hotline Telephone Numbers:

You can call the FCC OIG Hotline toll free number 1-888-863-2244 or call 1-202-418-0473.

Hotline Mailing Address:

You can mail information to:

FCC Inspector General's Hotline

Office of Inspector General

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Room 2-C762

Washington, DC, 20554

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If you need assistance in getting a report to FCC, feel free to sign on as a client of OCDAC and we'll help you get the letters drafted. No charge for this assistance.

Choose "Communication Assistance"

http://www.deafadvocacy.org/intake-form

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If you are not sure of what you know of or have in your possession as evidence of fraud, feel free to tell us about it using this email address tagboard7(at)juno.com and put "TRS FRAUD" in the subject line. We have associates who can pass the information to the proper hands. It works for us as we have these trophies!

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This page is constantly changing with addition of newer and fresher tools for the deaf and hard of hearing communities to use in reporting TRS fraud.